Alouettes take Grey Cup rematch with 40-27 win over Stampeders
Damon Duval's six field goals paced the Montreal Alouettes to a 40-27 win over the Calgary Stampeders in a Grey Cup rematch Wednesday.
CALGARY - Damon Duval's six field goals paced the Montreal Alouettes to a 40-27 win over the Calgary Stampeders in a Grey Cup rematch Wednesday.
Avon Cobourne, Kerry Watkins and Chip Cox scored touchdowns for the Als, who were 0-3 versus Calgary last season including the loss in the Grey Cup.
Duval was good from 13, 15, 32, 36, 37 and 48 yards in front of an announced sellout of 35,650 at McMahon Stadium, although many were chased from their seats by a downpour at the start of the second half.
Jeremaine Copeland, quarterback Henry Burris and rookie Titus Ryan scored touchdowns for Calgary in the season-opener for both clubs. Kicker Sandro DeAngelis contributed two field goals.
Calgary recovered from a horrendous opening quarter to put pressure on Montreal and tie the game at 27-27, but costly turnovers late in the fourth quarter helped end the Stamps' winning streak against the Als.
A pair of Duval field goals from 13 and 37 yards restored Montreal's lead to 33-27 with 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
Burris threw the ball into the arms of Montreal's Mark Estelle in the end zone with six minutes remaining. The Calgary pivot then coughed up the ball under pressure from Montreal's Anwar Stewart and Keron Williams and linebacker Chip Williams rumbled 81 yards for a touchdown at 12:45.
Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo completed 24 of 32 passes for 255 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Calgary counterpart Burris was 17-for-32 for 247 yards, one touchdown pass and one interception.
Towering Stamps cornerback Brandon Browner deflected a Calvillo pass into the hands of teammate Milton Collins in the third quarter. Calgary couldn't convert it into a touchdown and settled for a 41-yard field goal from DeAngelis to tie the game at 27 at 10:54.
Montreal's Jamel Richardson fumbled on Calgary's 20-yard line early in the second half. Burris capitalized with a four-yard scoring run and DeAngelis's convert pulled Calgary within three points at 3:40.
The defending champions scored a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter after Montreal had opened up a 17-0 lead.
DeAngelis, whose five field goals was the difference on offence in the Grey Cup, was good from 34 yards out to end the first half.
Burris on the run got a four-yard pass away to Copeland in the end zone at 5:41. The scoring drive started with Wes Lysack blocking a Duval punt and a recovery by Dwight Anderson at Calgary's own 31-yard line.
Ryan revived Calgary with a 104-yard kickoff return to score at 2:10 for the rookie's first CFL touchdown in his first game. It was the first time a Stampeder scored off a kickoff since Sept. 8, 2006.
But it was all Montreal in the opening quarter as Calgary managed only 23 yards to Montreal's 109. With five new starters in the lineup, the Stampeders defensive coverage was porous in the opening minutes.
The Als scored on their first two possessions of the game. Cobourne's 10-yard run at 6:56 completed a 59-yard drive and Duval followed up with a 48-yard field goal at 10:35.
A spectacular one-handed catch by Watkins under pressure from Stamps rookie Ronnie Amadi at 2:21 capped an 81-yard march.
Notes: Calgary's Ken-Yon Rambo, the CFL's leading receiver last season, had said the day before Wednesday's game he expected to play, but was a scratch with an injured hamstring . . . Montreal's record for the most field goals in one game is seven . . . The Stampeders are 34-29-1 all-time in home openers and 31-30-3 in season openers . . . The Alouettes are 28-26-1 in season openers.